Art is what defines me. I talk in paint and ink, not vowels and consonants. Through art, I process what I have experienced in life. I use pen or ink in most of my work because it helps me instantly capture and preserve the emotion I felt in that moment.
I focus on prying open the taboo, like extreme ideals of beauty whereby we manipulate our bodies to fit an impossible and ever-changing standard. This is reflected in my work as a metamorphosis. Blending insects into my art symbolises my attempt to normalise what is not accepted in mainstream society. It is representative of what we fear, or misunderstand and therefore reject, like mental health.
My sketchbook is a synthesis of the concept of beauty and the depiction of how power in society. It was cathartic for me to fill the pages of this blank book with concepts I have developed over the years as an artist.
The antlers of a stag, known as the King and protector of the Forest, are a seamless blend of strength and power symbolic of cultural mores. By tugging at the threads of compulsion that tie her to the Golden Stag, the woman yearns to break free. My sketchbook is a reminder that the hardship you were borne of and endure in life is not your weakness, but your strength; it is a testament to your survival.
My art documents my struggle, my search, my story - art that is not just seen, but felt too.
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